Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Given that the Dublin hurlers and the Kerry footballers both picked up provincial honours at the weekend, it’s not surprising to see representatives from both teams winning our Player of the Week awards.
James O’Donoghue was one of many bright lights for Kerry in their Munster Football Championship final win over Cork on Sunday, and he beat off stiff competition from Waterford’s Paul Whyte and Derry midfielder PJ McCloskey to take the Football Player of the Week award.
Also on Sunday, Dublin ended a 52-year wait for hurling glory in Leinster with a sensational victory over Galway. There were many Dublin stars on the day, but Conal Keaney has won this week’s Hurling Player of the Week award, defeating Kilkenny’s Kieran Joyce and his fellow Dublin forward Paul Ryan.
FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
1. James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 274 votes (42%)
2. Paul Whyte (Waterford) – 226 votes (35%)
3. PJ McCloskey (Derry) – 155 votes (23%)
Voting was fairly tight in the football category, with O’Donoghue’s victory founded on a strong following on Facebook. Waterford’s Paul Whyte topped the vote based on Twitter votes alone.
HURLING PLAYER OF THE WEEK
1. Conal Keaney (Dublin) – 311 votes (43%)
2. Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny) – 238 votes (33%)
3. Paul Ryan (Dublin) – 180 votes (24%)
Conal Keaney was a clear winner in the hurling category, topping the votes on both Twitter and Facebook. His nearest challenger was Kilkenny’s Kieran Joyce, who polled well after a stellar showing in his side’s win over Tipperary.